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In a new chapter and verse in the Gospel of George William has "revisited the original idea when the murder trial revealed that it was 9 minutes 29 seconds and not the 8 minutes 46 seconds we all thought it took to choke the spark of life from George Floyd’s body." William Ransom is a sculptor whose history of works originate at the intersection of his material engagement, his investigations into his personal narrative, our collective national story and his agricultural experiences that directly engaged him with the biological processes and natural cycles dependent on the balance of birth and death, growth and decay, loss and regeneration, consumption and excretion that would now informs much of his work.
William Ransom was born in 1975 and grew up on a dairy farm in Vermont where he had a physical, working relationship with tools and materials on a daily basis. Ransom was directly engaged with the biological processes and natural cycles dependent on the balance of birth and death, growth and decay, loss and regeneration, consumption and excretion that would later inform much of his work. Balance has always played an important role in his life and work; as the son of a bi-racial union, balance between black and white; as a farm kid living in the city, balance between rural and urban, city and soil; as a diabetic, balance between a sweet tooth and insulin injections. Ransom’s work often reflects this sense of balance, suggesting flux, movement, things in a state of becoming or diminishing.
Ransom attended Bennington College and studied Sculpture and Architecture graduating with a BA in 2004 and went on to receive an MFA in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University in 2008. He has shown extensively across the country in solo and group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Los Angeles and elsewhere. After a decade in Los Angeles he has returned with his family to the hills of Vermont where he now lives and works.
Interviews with the first round of artists of the SJBP on their pieces and why the project is important to them. See the individual raw interviews of each artist on our YouTube channel here.
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